John Galvin (general)

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John R. Galvin
John Galvin, official military photo, 1991.JPEG
Galvin in March 1991
Birth name John Rogers Galvin
Born (1929-05-13) May 13, 1929 (age 85)
Wakefield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1954–1992
Rank US Army O10 shoulderboard rotated.svg General
Commands held United States Southern Command
U.S. European Command
Supreme Allied Commander
Battles/wars Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Combat Infantry Badge.svg  Combat Infantryman Badge
Defense Distinguished Service ribbon.svg  Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg  Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star ribbon.svg  Silver Star
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg  Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters)
Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg  Distinguished Flying Cross
Soldier's Medal ribbon.svg  Soldier's Medal
Bronze Star ribbon.svg  Bronze Star (with two oak leaf clusters)
Air Medal ribbon.svg  Air Medal with V Device for valor
GER Bundesverdienstkreuz 5 GrVK Stern.svg  Great Cross of Merit with star of the Federal Republic of Germany
Legion Honneur GO ribbon.svg  Ordre de la Légion d'honneur Grand Officier
ESP Gran Cruz Merito Militar (Distintivo Blanco) pasador.svg  Spanish Order of Military Merit Grand Cross
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Knight Grand Cross BAR.png  Order of Orange-Nassau Grand Cross, 1992 [1]
US Army Airborne senior parachutist badge.gif  Senior Parachutist Badge
Other work Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century

John Rogers Galvin (born May 13, 1929) is a former United States Army general who served as the sixth dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a member of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century.

Early life and education[edit]

Galvin was born on May 13, 1929 and graduated from West Point in 1954.

Career[edit]

Galvin began his service as an enlisted man in the Massachusetts National Guard in 1947. He served his country in uniform for over 45 years.

Galvin's career included the rare opportunity to command 2 different Department of Defense Unified Commands. He served as Commander in Chief, United States Southern Command in Panama from 1985 to 1987 and Commander in Chief, United States European Command from June 26, 1987, to June 23, 1992. During his stint as commander U.S. European Command he also served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Prior to his command at U.S. Southern Command, General Galvin served as commander of VII Corps from July 1983- February 1985.[2]

During his time as SACEUR many stay-behind networks in Europe were dismantled, a process that started with the revelations by Italy's then prime minister, Giulio Andreotti, who disclosed to the Italian Parliament the existence of a Gladio stay-behind anti-communist paramilitary network headed by NATO and present in most European countries.

Personal life[edit]

Galvin now lives with his wife Ginny and has four daughters. The Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, Massachusetts, is named after him. The United States Military Academy awarded Galvin (Class of '54) the 1997 Distinguished Graduate Award.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
V
US Army Airborne senior parachutist badge.gif
Badge
Combat Infantryman Badge
1st Row
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Medal
2nd Row
Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Soldier's Medal
3rd Row
Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters)
Air Medal with V Device for valor
Great Cross of Merit with star of the Federal Republic of Germany
4th Row
Ordre de la Légion d'honneur Grand Officier
Spanish Order of Military Merit Grand Cross
Order of Orange-Nassau Grand Cross, 1992[1]
Badge
Senior Parachutist Badge

Bibliography[edit]

  • Galvin, John (1969). Air Assault: the Development of Airmobile. 
  • Galvin, John (1997). Three Men of Boston. ISBN 1574881116. 
  • Galvin, John (2006). The Minute Men: The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution. ISBN 1597970700. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Bernard W. Rogers
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO)
1987—1992
Succeeded by
Gen. John Shalikashvili